Joe Biden laid to rest Wednesday widespread speculation that he would run for president in 2016, but Hillary Clinton isn’t the only one breathing a sigh of relief at the news. Republican front-runner Donald Trump is also glad Biden isn’t running, as he thinks the vice president would be much more difficult to beat than Clinton:
“I think Joe Biden made correct decision for him & his family,” Trump told his millions of [Twitter] followers. “Personally, I would rather run against Hillary because her record is so bad.”
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus agreed with Trump:
Priebus argued Biden’s decision represents “a major blow for Democrats,” who will now “almost certainly be saddled with their unpopular and scandal plagued front-runner Hillary Clinton.”
“Vice President Biden was the most formidable general election candidate the Democrat Party could have fielded, and his decision not to challenge Hillary Clinton greatly improves our chances of taking back the White House,” Priebus said.
Indeed, in a Fox News poll earlier this month, Biden beat several Republicans in head-to-head matchups, including Trump, Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Jeb Bush.